Instead of photos, the front page featured text messages sent by UNC students as the shooting was taking place, such as “Are you safe?” and “Where are you?”
Administrators at the Tennessee-based school apologized.
“Riley’s courage and selflessness brings out the Jedi in all of us,” said a letter from Lucasfilm to Howell’s family after his death.
Police said the 21-year-old's sacrifice "saved lives" and helped authorities apprehend the suspect.
Police have arrested Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, as a suspect in the shooting at the UNC Charlotte campus. Four people are reported injured.
Police said the shooting was a result of a "domestic situation."
A grim way to mark half a century since the Bell Tower attack.